South Africa beats New Zealand to win the Rugby World Cup for the fourth time.

The Springboks beat the All Blacks 12-11 in France and expanded their history in the sport of the oval. A definition of a heart attack was experienced in Paris during the closing of the global event.

This Saturday the Rugby World Cup ended. South Africa beat New Zealand 12-11 in Paris. After more than a month of competition in France, the competition ended with an emotional match during which the Springboks won their fourth world competition. They had already been champions in 1995, 2007 and 2019.

From the start, we knew this would be a match that would go down in history. South Africa aimed to repeat their 2019 title and take the scepter for the fourth time . They did it. Despite a very close match against England, fatigue was not a factor for a team who, at the start, looked to have significant distance.

After two minutes of play, Shannon Frizell had to leave the field and complicated his team’s aspirations. A minute later, the scales began to tip. Pollard did not fail and got the Springboks’ first three points. Ten minutes later, the same rugby player repeated. With the score 6-0, the tone of the day was clear.

Under the watchful eye of tennis legend Roger Federer, a close match unfolded. In any case, this was the trend in most matches in the decisive phase of the best championship. When the clock showed 17′, Mo’unga brought the All Blacks closer. The oceanic team had just calmly defeated the Pumas of Argentina.

Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2023 – Final – New Zealand v South Africa – Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France – October 28, 2023 South Africa’s Ox Nche and Handre Pollard celebrate after winning the final of the World Cup REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Of course, the first half was reserved for South Africa. Pollard’s kicks pushed the defending champions back. However, from 12-3, it went to 12-6 just before the break. It was the scoreboard with which they returned to the locker room.

Fight without respite

The second half was even tighter. New Zealand has taken upon itself the obligation to improve its presentation. In this way, there was no movement on the scoreboard for several minutes.

The All Blacks were on the verge of reducing the numbers. In the 53′, an excellent try from Mo’unga was of no use following a touch from Ardie Savea. In the staff they couldn’t believe it. But later, they might. Jordie Barret flew to start and left actions 11-12. However, seconds later, they failed to complete the conversion. The distance of one number was maintained and 20 minutes remained.

Things were not going well for New Zealand. 7′ from the end, they missed a penalty which could have given them the advantage. At that time, both teams had 14 athletes on the field of play. Cheslin Kolbe left in tears after receiving a yellow card. For those led by Ian Foster, time is running out. For Africans, this has been stopped. The slight difference was noticeable with the tension reigning in France.

Ultimately, in a truly breathtaking definition, South Africa managed to reach their fourth World Cup. New Zealand was looking everywhere for the point that would allow them to make a historic comeback. But they couldn’t. But the Springboks’ victory is just as historic. Emotion invaded the protagonists on the playing field. And as usually happens in these cases, so did the camaraderie, when the competitors said goodbye.

The result comes a day after England beat Argentina in the third-place match. With this score, moreover, a trend is emerging in world rugby, since as the match approaches, both teams arrived with three trophies. South Africa is on the rise at the moment.

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Source: Latercera

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